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2 stars Going Dutch

"Sushi" is an official live album by Fish recorded in Utrecht, Holland at the end of the "Songs from the mirror" tour. That album was of course made up entirely of cover versions of songs he enjoyed, thus this performance too has a large proportion of covers. Songs such as "Fearless" (Pink Floyd), "Boston Tea party" (Alex Harvey), "Jeepster" (T Rex) and "Five Years" (Bowie) all get the Fish treatment. The recording purports to be exactly as it was performed, with no re-dubbing, although the sleeve notes do confess to some "re-enforcement" of the sound.

Intermingled with the cover versions are tracks from Fish's earlier solo albums, and one track from each of the four albums he recorded during his time with Marillion.

Fish is of course a great live performer, with a large following of dedicated fans. The fans know every word, and participate in virtually every song. While this makes his gigs something of a party, it does tend to render audio only recordings of his concerts something akin to a karaoke night. Right from the early "Big wedge" and "Credo", the audience are in full swing, with master of ceremonies Fish whipping them up with shouts of "louder". The crowd in turn are in full party mood, breaking into football anthems, and helping Fish out on the occasional fluffed line.

The band are given little opportunity to act as anything other than backing musicians, even during the brief instrumental interludes, Fish feels compelled to make his voice heard. If you're a fan of Fish, and especially if you have attended one of his gigs, this album will be an enjoyable memento. Its value for those with a passing interest is however more limited, especially if you already have the Marillion and Fish studio albums from which the tracks are taken.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |


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